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Rated PG for some intense action, mild language and a scene of sensuality.

PG In Theaters 07/11/1997 , 153min.
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June 13, 2010
A grossely obvious presentation of one side of a real debate about manned space exploration. Transparent and over-acted. The question of manned deep space exploration is a real one: are we wasting money or not? Will man ever leave the solar sysem and to what avail? The closest starts to us are maybe 22-24 light years away. That's over 100 trillion miles. That's the closest. Everything else is

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Faithful to Sagan's brand of popularized science, the film never reaches beyond Hollywood spectacle and sentimentality. Full Review
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
The best moments occur when -- as in reality -- we're still in the dark. As soon as the movie gets to its version of a punch line, it turns into another Hollywood vehicle spinning aimlessly in space. Full Review
James Berardinelli
Contact is that rare big-budget motion picture that places ideas, characters, and plot above everything else. Full Review
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
Contact is superior popular filmmaking, both polished and effective. But despite its success and its serious intentions, it's finally a movie where the storytelling makes more of an impact than the story. Full Review
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
If you sign on, disarmed of irony, for her trip -- I did -- you'll be rewarded with a rare thing that may in itself prove the existence of a Higher Power: a Hollywood entertainment that makes you consider deep thoughts. Full Review

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